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Lenya, a Life. SIGNED by author

Spoto, Donald

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ISBN 10: 0316807257 / ISBN 13: 9780316807258
Published by Little, Brown, Boston/ Toronto, 1989
Condition: Near Fine Hardcover
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Gray and pink bds. Biography of German singer/actress Lotte Lenya. Author's handsome signature on half-title pg b/w photos. No names, clean text. Near-perfect dust jacket. Solid. 371 pgs. Bookseller Inventory # 030077

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Title: Lenya, a Life. SIGNED by author

Publisher: Little, Brown, Boston/ Toronto

Publication Date: 1989

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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A portrait of a legendary singer and actress describes her noted work in "Cabaret," "To Russia With Love," and as the consummate performer of Weill and Brecht music, and tells of her traumatic childhood and indomitable spirit

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A frightened, abused child and a teenage prostitute, Vienna-born Karoline Wilhelmine Charlotte Blaumauer (1898-1981), later known as Lotte Lenya, achieved worldwide fame as the wife of Kurt Weill and as the outstanding interpreter of his songs. In her many love affairs and four unfulfilled marriages--to a musical genius; a talented homosexual; and two alcoholics, one 27 years her junior who made no sexual demands on her--Lenya knew about violence and addiction, conflict and trauma. This well-researched "life and times," by a biographer of Stanley Kramer and Tennessee Williams, examines the personality and career of a feisty, energetic actress who "an octave below laryngitis . . . sang sad songs with an incredible joyfulness and joyful songs with great sadness." Ruthless, withdrawn and suspicious, Lenya, as depicted here, was also deeply compassionate and a devoted friend. For many years she was a screen personality, concert and recording star, cultural idol and living legend. This sympathetic book pays tribute to her allure, charm, wit, sadness and genius. Photos not seen by PW.
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